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Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Phoenix fell 0.2 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Arizona rate. The unemployment rate in Phoenix peaked in November 2009 at 10.3% and is now 6.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Phoenix unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Arizona 4.7% +0.1 0.0
Phoenix 4.0% -0.2 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Phoenix, Arizona, National

Phoenix, Arizona monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Phoenix, Arizona Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Phoenix peaked in October 2009 at 213,667. There are now 118,585 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 87,020 in May 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 8,062. Phoenix employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Phoenix, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Phoenix 95,082 -4,447 +304

Number of Unemployed Persons

Phoenix, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Phoenix
Unemployment Rate
Phoenix
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.7% 4.0% 95,082
September
2018
3.7% 4.6% 4.2% 99,529
August
2018
3.9% 4.6% 4.3% 100,506
July
2018
3.9% 4.6% 4.1% 95,520
June
2018
4.0% 4.7% 3.9% 90,548
May
2018
3.8% 4.7% 3.7% 87,020
April
2018
3.9% 4.9% 4.0% 95,448
March
2018
4.1% 4.9% 4.2% 99,507
February
2018
4.1% 4.9% 4.4% 104,797
January
2018
4.1% 4.8% 4.3% 100,996
December
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.2% 97,503

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.